Free resources for cancer patients are available and provide everything from counseling to transportation, to help with prescriptions and much more. For more national agencies that offer no-cost help for cancer patients and families, please visit our complete list of resources here. We profile hundreds of programs; all are national in scope, completely free, and updated daily. Get the help you need today.
Here are just a few of the agencies that are ready and able to help you now:
Chemocare provides a host of free resources for patients undergoing chemotherapy, including lifestyle tips and how to grapple with the side effects of treatment. Chemocare also maintains an extensive online drug database (English and Spanish versions) with information on treatment protocols, precautions, side-effects, tips on self-care, and how to get extra support when needed.
Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit doing a lot of the same work, providing education, outreach, and support to patients across the world. The Cancer Support Community is also the largest employer of psychosocial oncological mental health providers in the United States.
The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is one of the largest, most-comprehensive cancer organizations out there, providing a wealth of free information and services to cancer patients all around the world. Given the organization’s size, there are likely a ton of resources near you. You can find out what the American Cancer Society provides for cancer patients by giving them a call at 800-227-2345 or by visiting their website.
Cancer.Net is a website that brings together the collective expertise of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and provides a host of services for patients and families grappling with cancer. Of those on this short list, Cancer.Net is probably one of the single most comprehensive free resources on the Internet.
Cancer Care is a 501(c)(3) organization with professional support and resources for anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Services, “including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers” are totally free.
Caregiver.com, administered by the Care Giver Media Group, is a robust resource for people who are living with or have a loved one dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. They provide comprehensive education and outreach services as well as links to businesses that specialize in cancer patient care and recovery.
Caring Bridge offers resources to people facing a significant health crisis. Caring Bridge is a forum that brings patients together in a loving and supportive atmosphere. Think of it as a social network for people undergoing treatment or currently in recovery. Caring Bridge lets patients update others on the progress of their treatment through blog posts as well as show support and love for other people in the community through comments and personal messages.
Every aspect of a cancer diagnosis is challenging. You are not alone. Free help is available for everything from out-of-pocket costs to prescriptions, to travel and more. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, please check out our updated links to no-cost cancer assistance programs today.